Archive for the ‘Autoline Exclusives’ Category

The History of McLaren Engines – Autoline Exclusives

May 20th, 2020 at 2:57pm

McLaren has a wide history of racing, engine development, engineering and even making and selling its own vehicles. In his new book McLaren: The Engine Company, author Roger Meiners takes readers through the amazing engine it made for both on and off the track. In this interview you’ll get a taste of what Roger’s book is all about.

How To Build an EV Charging Station Overnight – Autoline Exclusives

May 18th, 2020 at 11:30am

Building EV fast chargers can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and take months to complete. FreeWire Technologies provides clean, quiet mobile power and fast charging with a battery back up system that’s easy to deploy, wherever and whenever you need it. Autoline’s west coast correspondent, Chase Drum, interviews Wade Higgins of FreeWire Technologies about what they’re doing to implement this new technology.

Lucid Air Arriving In Early 2021 – Autoline Exclusives

May 15th, 2020 at 2:54pm

The Air sedan by EV startup Lucid Motors is an impressive vehicle; upwards of 1,000 horsepower and 400 miles of EPA range. But due to a number of issues, the EV, which was supposed to launch in 2018, has been pushed back. And while the company recently showed a video of 40 or so beta prototypes sitting around waiting to be tested because of stay-at-home orders, that doesn’t mean the development team is sitting around doing nothing…

You Think COVID is Bad? Try Having a Tornado Rip Your Plant to Pieces – Autoline Exclusives

May 15th, 2020 at 12:35pm

On April 13, 2020 in the wee hours of the morning, a tornado tore through a BorgWarner plant in South Carolina. Joe McCulloch, the plant manager, talks about how he and his team sprang into action to get that plant back up before the auto industry reopened.

Training Techs To Fix EVs Using VR – Autoline Exclusives

May 14th, 2020 at 5:00pm

Ford Motor Company is using technology from PIXO VR, a small software startup, to train techs on the Mustang Mach-E. Even though the vehicle is not yet in production, this technology allows techs to be fully trained before the first Mach-E goes into the showroom. The technology offers all kinds of other applications, as Sean Hurwitz, the CEO of the company explains.

Advanced Safety Systems Fail to Keep Drivers Engaged – Autoline Exclusives

May 12th, 2020 at 2:52pm

Automated driving systems, like GM’s Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot, are meant to relieve some of the burden of driving. But according to the IIHS those same kinds of systems are failing to keep drivers engaged enough to take back control of the vehicle. David Harkey, the President of the IIHS, highlights the issues and how automakers should have increasing levels of reminders to help keep driver’s eyes on the road.

Talking Accidental Design Cues on the Kia Telluride – Autoline Exclusives

May 11th, 2020 at 10:45am

Kia used to be the El Cheapo brand everyone made fun of. Not anymore. Now Kia has gone off in a design direction of its own. It’s winning accolades all around the industry, and the brand is gaining market share. Tom Kearns, the Head of Design for Kia Motor America, talks about how they’ve accidentally discovered certain design cues.

Ralph Gilles Runs FCA Design From His M1 Garage – Autoline Exclusives

May 8th, 2020 at 2:49pm

How do you run a global automotive design group when no one can go to the studios? Ralph Gilles, Head of Design for FCA, talks about the workarounds they’re adopting, and explains why the work his designers are doing in isolation is some of the best they’ve ever done.

No, You’re Not Cross-Eyed. That is a 3D Dashboard Display – Autoline Exclusives

May 7th, 2020 at 1:00pm

BHTC is a small German company that amongst other things, makes HMI displays. Its latest technology, which is still a couple of years away from production, provides a 3D display. You don’t need 3D glasses or any special screens. It just makes the display look like it’s floating in space.

Plasma Ignition Making Progress – Autoline Exclusives

May 5th, 2020 at 3:00pm

We’ve been using spark plugs to ignite fuel inside of engines for over 100 years. Maybe it’s time to change that. Transient Plasma Systems (TPS) developed a system that uses fast pulses of plasma, an electrically charged gas, at a low temperature to ignite all sorts of fuels. The low temperature improves thermal efficiency and the whole process requires less energy and provides better emissions. Here Sean McElroy talks Dan Singleton, the CEO of TPS.